HEALTHY YOUNG HEARTS
Early learning centre ABC Dannemora has received a PaHarakeke (gold) Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation, acknowledging its commitment to creating a hearthealthy environment. The centre has promoted healthy eating and introduced new sports and resources to keep the kids healthy and fit. It encourages each child to be a competent and confident learner, healthy in mind, body and spirit. ‘‘The children, teachers and wha¯nau stretched their bodies, jumped, danced, played with balls, balanced and had their faces painted,’’ head teacher Rajinder Kaur says. ‘‘We believe in partnering with parents to help make positive changes in their children’s lives.’’ The free Healthy Heart programme, partially funded by the Health Ministry, is available to all early learning services.